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Wally Gator -
Subject: It's always been $2
The GDead are still alive in '85! For those of you who, like me, have a hard time listening to shows from this era, you gotta give this one a listen. The BEW and the Shakedown St are among the best versions ever. Just an all around Good 'Ol Grateful Dead show!
Buddy Q. Iodine -
Subject: sorry, paumgarten
I prefer 7/1 and oade's recording of either. Only the shakedown is great on this one.
The idea of "cryptical" was exciting on this tour but the performances were not so hot.
Subject: Stella Blue
Stella Blue is always beautiful, but this one is as sweet as they come. To date, this is my all time favorite...
Subject: Brown-eyed woman
Anyone notice that the liquor costs $2 in this version instead of the usual $5...I also feel this is one of the best BEW I ever heard...Just something really special about it.
This show is great all-around.
Subject: Better than it sounds
I went to this Meriweather show and unfortunately none of these recordings really gives you the sense of this great show - the shakedown reached a cresendo where the crowd just erupts - I always thought you could grade a dead show by the number of crowd eruptions - something that still sends shivers down my spine - nothing like a LIVE grateful dead concert!
Sound Quality 5.0; Show Quality 5.0. As good a Shakedown as there is. Phenomenal recording and Phil sounds great. PA system had some issues that day.
Subject: done shook
wow, indeed that is the sweetest Shakedown St. Ive heard. Grooves the whole way thru.
Subject: Gimme Some Lovin' !!!
There are so many great aspects of this show, it's hard to single out any one tune from these setlists. That being said, however, I MUST mention the GSL in the 2nd. Between Jerry's fanning, Brent's screaming, and Phil's excellent/ spot-on vocals, there are clear indicators of this being one of( if not THE) best of all time!
The show is an overall monster- playing 5, setlist 4. Treat yourself and download it!
Subject: unreal 2nd set
This show has a mind-blowing 2nd set. Great SBD, the mix and sound quality is awesome. This is easily the best shakedown ever played, and it recently got it's deserved respect, being selected as the opening tune for the '06 kpfa marathon. The nuances and subtlety of Jerry's playing are such a pleasure to listen to. His playing was so unbeliveably refined and sophisticated, although not always as sharp, by this point. Highly recommended show!
Subject: Best Shakedown Ever?
The source i was able to find for download is a clear SBD - but with a little "tape wobble" - and the aforementioned equalization issues. Bass is actually mixed way up but not in a good way. Overall sound is a little thin and trebly.
That said - this is a typical early 80s sounding Dead show SBD/tape. The tape wobble gets a little more noticable than you'd like towards the end, but it doesn't ruin the recording.
I love me a good live Shakedown and I agree that this one is one of the best. Midway through the jam, Brent throws a few bars of a kinda cheesy VERY 80s inspired inspirational sounding keyboard sequence into the mix ... but in context it tickles me and I'm glad it's there. I can only imagine what it sounded like there at the show with a head full of vitamin LSD.
whirlwind dreamer 65-95 -
Subject: hot sugarmag
the whole show rocks 5 stars,
Thanks CM for the upgrade, brings back lots of cool memories.
Subject: Huge Upgrade - Must Download
I'm normally not that effusive about my reviews, ok, sometimes I am, but for any fan of this show, this upgrade is an order of magnitude (for the math geeks among us) better than the previously (and widely circulated) SBD. The hiss that is so prevelant in the old 'board is essentially removed, revealing (and leaving) a close to pristine SBD of a great night in MD.
The 2d Set Shakedown is widely (and rightly) identified as one of the best ever and the He's Gone>Cryptical is goose bump inducing. The Space segment is all-world, alot of funky '85 atari-type sound effects and trippy bells/whistles that melts into a sick Other One.
Thanks Archive, a 1000 times thanks, for providing these gems for dead heads everywhere.
Oh, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
David Bolewski -
Subject: Reducing treble works miracles!
Reduce the treble to zero and you should be able to eliminate most of the high end that's associated with high end hiss(aka 'snakes') and then normal high end will be restored.It's a miracle how much difference it makes. try it.Which means a definate download. for an 85 sbd i'd really give it a 4 and 4 for performance.